August was warm early on, then wet in Southeast and Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - It was a wetter than normal August in Southeast Alaska and Juneau with a brief return to summer temperatures.

    That's according to Meteorologist Kimberly Vaughn in the Juneau Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.  She says summer returned to Southeast Alaska for the first week and a half of the month with day time highs well above normal and overnight lows above normal for most locations.

    Some record highs were set during that time with temperatures rising to 80 degrees or above.  "In total, at least 16 locations saw day time highs of 80 degrees or higher," she says.  "Skagway recorded 93 degrees for the day time high on August 5.  Juneau's highest temperature was 81 degrees on the 5th."

    Vaughn says the summer warmth and dry weather were  replaced by overly wet conditions by the middle of the month.  "Soon thereafter nearly all locations had met or exceeded their normal monthly precipitation totals."  The forecaster says multiple daily rainfall records were set. Ketchikan received 4.18 inches on August 22.  "This smashed 100 year old record of 2.27 inches set in 1917 and coincided with an atmospheric river event that effected the entire Panhandle."

    The forecaster says Ketchikan also had the dubious distinction of experiencing the rainiest summer on record with a three month of 46.99 inches.

    Juneau recorded 8.46 inches of rain in August.  She says that's 2.73 inches above normal.  August 2017 was the twelfth wettest August on record in the Capital City.


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